Who is Michael Dickson?
- Michael Dickson plays for the Seattle Seahawks in the NFL as a punter
- He started off playing Australian football and excelled as a kicker
- He won the Ray Guy Award in his rookie season
Michael Dickson is an Australian professional footballer who plays as an American football punter in the NFL for the Seattle Seahawks. He was drafted in the 2018 NFL Draft by the Seahawks in the fifth round, as the 149th overall pick.
Dickson was born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on 4th January 1996. He started off playing Australian rules football at the age of 9 and excelled as a kicker, earning the Golden Boot award in his first year. At the age of 19, Dickson moved to Melbourne to seek a trial and find a route across the pacific to pursue a career in American football, and the University of Texas picked him as a punter.
Dickson enjoyed a fruitful college career playing for the Texas Longhorns, winning the 2017 Ray Guy Award, and getting named a unanimous All-American. He was also named MVP of the 2017 Texas Bowl. He announced soon after that he would forego his senior year and declare for the 2018 NFL Draft.
The Seahawks signed Dickson on a 4-year contract worth $2.75 million, including a $290,152 signing bonus. He made his NFL and professional debut in the 2018 season opener in a 27-24 loss to the Denver Broncos and made six punts for 354 net yards in his debut. Dickson punted the ball 78 times for 3,759 yards in his rookie campaign, and his average of 48.2 yards per punt was ranked as the second highest in the NFL. He earned a number of accolades in his first season- getting named the NFC Special Teams Player of the Month in November 2018. He was voted to the 2019 Pro Bowl, becoming the first rookie punter to participate in the Bowl since 1985, and named a first-team All-Pro.
In June 2021, Dickson was offered a 4-year extension worth $14.5 million.
That season, he punted a career-high 83 times for 3,985 yards- an average of 46.9 yards per punt. He also pinned 40 punts inside the opponents’ 20-yard line which was the most in the NFL that season, and the 10th highest in a single NFL season in history.